for aging skin
As we age our skin changes and so must our makeup. What used to work
for us no longer does. Dramatic and dark colors no longer compliment
our face. They tend to draw attention to lines and wrinkles. We need
to aim for a natural soft look.
- Begin by sitting in a well lit room or use a lighted mirror and have your reading glasses near by.
- Moisturize your face and neck. It allows foundation to glide on and stay on longer.
- Apply a light foundation. Look for one that will give your sheer
coverage. A heavy foundation tends to settle into the wrinkles and
brings attention to them making you look older.
- Concealer covers up age spots and dark areas
around the eyes. A little dab in the inner and outer corners of your
eyes opens them up, makes them look more refreshed. Make sure you
match the color exactly to your skin tone.
- Use cream blush instead of powder. It adds
moisture and gives a more youthful look than powder. It should be
applied high on the cheekbones to help lift the face.
- Brush on a very light covering of translucent powder.
- Eyeliner applied to the base of the upper lids helps make eyes appear larger. Use grey or brown.
- Eye shadow should be a soft neutral color. Bright
colors can draw attention to wrinkles around eyes and loose skin on
eyelids. Dark colors make eyes look even smaller and sunken.
- Have your eyebrows plucked professionally. If
they have thinned out, use a brow filler and feather strokes to fill in
where they are sparse.
- Mascara gives a added touch and opens up the
eyes. Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara.
- Lipstick should be a little darker than your own
color. Use it together with the same color lip liner to keep a natural
look. Stay away from sparkling and high shimmer lip glosses. Dark
colors draw attention to lines above the lips and age the face.
- When you finish, make sure to
put on your glasses
and check carefully for smears and blotches and make sure teeth, hair or clothes are clean.
last minute makeup tips
One of the things that bothers me most when I see women my age in makeup is that often it is blotched or smeared. Do you know that line on the edge of the chin where the foundation ends? Too much blush is a common problem along with smeared lipstick and mascara. In my opinion, this not necessarily due to carelessness but because of poor vision. We just don't see as well as we used to.
An excellent lighted magnifying mirror and a good look in a full length mirror before stepping out the door could just make for a much better day.
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